Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams Border Patrol in growing feud
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says the Border Patrol has gone “rogue.”
Escalating a feud with the immigration control agency, the New York Democrat blasted officers for treating members of Congress in what she called an “openly disrespectful” manner during their tour of an overcrowded border detention center.
“The agency has lost all control of their own officers,” she wrote on Twitter.
The outspoken critic of President Donald Trump’s hard-line immigration crackdown also slammed fellow Democrats for caving to Republicans on a border emergency appropriations bill. The $4.5 billion measure that passed eliminated proposed requirements that Border Patrol meets minimum standards and oversight for conditions in detention centers.
“They just wrote a multi-billion dollar blank check for misconduct,” she wrote.
White House spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway fired back at Ocasio-Cortez, calling her visit a “photo op” and denying claims that migrants are forced to drink out of toilets.
“Everybody who has control over that facility, or control for the border patrol has said that’s not true,” Conway told Fox News. “They’ve not heard of this.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is swarmed by the media after touring a Border Patrol Facility housing children on Monday in Clint, Texas. Reports of inhumane conditions have plagued the facility where migrant children are being held.